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July 10, 2023

Japan announces Specified Skilled Worker (ii) route to expand to foreign workers in nine new industries

In June 2023, the Japanese Immigration Services Agency announced that the Cabinet approved the expansion of the Specified Skilled Worker (ii) (SSW-2) route to foreign nationals working in nine additional industries. On 9 June 2023, the Japanese Cabinet decided to expand the SSW-2 status to nine additional industries: building cleaning management; industrial machinery, electric, electronics and information; automobile repair and maintenance; aviation; accommodation; agriculture; fishery and aquaculture; food and beverage manufacturing; and food service. It is not yet known when SSW-2 applications will open for individuals working in these industries. The immigration authorities are expected to release further details in the upcoming months.

A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.


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